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Local firm raises $750,000 for charities

54Freedom CEO Jim Griffin, right, is pictured with friend and author Tom Wolfe, at a previous business function sponsored by Griffin.

54Freedom CEO Jim Griffin, right, is pictured with friend and author Tom Wolfe, at a previous business function sponsored by Griffin.

— Making groundbreaking innovations to benefit under-served groups is at the heart of 54Freedom’s mission. The firm gets its name from the 54-million disabled Americans who in the past have struggled to afford health, life, accident, and other types of insurance that were prohibitively expensive for people with disabilities.

Together with Tom Sullivan, recipient of the Helen Keller Award for Lifetime Achievement, Griffin worked with major insurance companies to make available specially designed products to members of the disabled community.

“For the first time I feel encouraged about the future of disability in America,” Sullivan said. “With the development of 54Freedom, we will no longer be dependent, but we will celebrate our own independence in the light of our human potential.”

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